Water Park Fun in Michigan (No Matter the Season)

In the summer, the mercury can rise and conditions can get muggy and sticky in Michigan. In the winter, temperatures can drop to frozen tundra levels. Regardless of the season, water parks in the state can offer a respite from the weather. In the summer, there are plenty of outdoor water parks at which to cool down. In the winter (as well as the rest of the year), Michigan offers a surprising number of indoor water parks that can simulate a tropical getaway.

Before we run down Michigan's water parks, here are some resources to find nearby fun places and make travel plans:

The following parks are operating (some are seasonal) and are arranged in alphabetical order:

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    Avalanche Bay Michigan water park
    ••• Boyne Mountain Resort

    Boyne Falls
    Indoor water park resort

    An especially large facility (billed as Michigan's largest indoor water park) located at the Boyne Mountain ski resort, Avalanche Bay's attractions include a FlowRider surf simulator, a lazy river, body slides, tube slides, a bowl ride, a huge interactive water play structure with tipping bucket, an activity pool, whirlpool spas, and a climbing wall. Admission is available for both hotel guests at the resort and for the general public.

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    Bavarian Inn Water Park Michigan
    ••• Bavarian Inn

    Frankenmuth
    Indoor water park resort

    Small park with an enclosed body slide, a bowl slide, activity pools with sprayers and other interactive elements, a zero-depth pool that offers easy access for younger children, an adult pool, and a whirlpool. Also offers a large family fun center with mini-golf and arcade games. The park is open to registered hotel guests only.

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    Flash Flood Water Park Michigan
    ••• City of Battle Creek

    Battle Creek
    Outdoor and indoor park

    Flash Flood is a small water park that is part of Full Blast, a municipal recreation center. It offers outdoor water slides, indoor water slides, zero depth entry pools, and a water playground. Although it includes indoor water park attractions, it is not open in the colder months.

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    Gold Rush water park at Double JJ Resort
    ••• Double JJ Resort

    Rothbury
    Indoor water park resort

    Gold Rush Water Park is medium-sized with a bowl ride, a family raft ride, a lazy river, some decent body and tube slides, a wave pool, and an interactive play center with small slides and a tipping bucket. It is open to registered hotel guests and the general public.

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    Great Wolf Lodge Michigan
    ••• Great Wolf Lodge

    Traverse City
    Indoor water park resort

    The Traverse City location is one of the Great Wolf Lodge chain's smaller parks. Its attractions include an interactive water play structure, a toboggan-style water slide, tube slide, an activity pool, body slides, and a lazy river. The water park is open only to registered guests of the hotel.

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    Red Oaks Waterpark in Michigan
    ••• Oakland County Parks

    Madison Heights
    Outdoor water park

    Red Oaks SplashTown is a small, municipal park with a water play area, an interactive water playground, a wave pool a lazy river, and a water slide complex.

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    Soaring Eagle Waterpark Michigan
    ••• Soaring Eagle Waterpark

    Mt. Pleasant
    Indoor water park resort

    Soaring Eagle is a medium-sized park with a FlowRider surfing attraction, interactive water play center with dump bucket, water slides, lazy river, log walk, and climbing wall. The park is open to registered guests and the general public.

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    Splash Universe RiverRun
    •••  Splash Universe RiverRun

    Dundee
    Indoor water park resort

    Splash Universe RiverRun is a small park with a lazy river, tube slides, body slides, an interactive water play structure with a dump bucket, an activity pool, and a whirlpool spa. It is open to registered hotel guests and the general public.

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    Watervliet
    Indoor water park

    Surfari Joe’s is a small park with a lazy river, kids water play area, and water slides. It is open to registered hotel guests and the general public.

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    Waterford Oaks Waterpark
    ••• Oakland County

    Waterford
    Outdoor water park

    This is a small, municipal park with a wave pool, a children's water playground, and a water slide.

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    Wayne County Family Aquatic Center Michigan
    ••• City of Detroit

    Detroit
    Outdoor water park

    This is a comparatively small municipal park with two water slides, an aquatic play area, and a wave pool.

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    WildWater Adventure at Michigan's Adventure
    ••• Cedar Fair Parks

    Muskegon
    Outdoor water park

    WildWater Adventure is one of Michigan’s largest water parks. It is adjacent to and included with admission to the theme park, Michigan's Adventure. Among the many attractions are two wave pools, a funnel ride, a lazy river, a family raft ride, multiple water slides, a water play center, and other activities for young children.

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    Sterling
    Indoor water park resort

    The hotel offers a tiny water park with a slide, a lazy river, two whirlpools, and a splash pad. It is open to registered hotel guests.

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    Zehnder's Splash Village Michigan water park resort
    ••• Zehnder's Splash Village

    Frankenmuth
    Indoor water park resort

    Zehnder's Splash Village is a medium-sized park with water slides, a lazy river, an interactive water play structure with a dump bucket, a toddlers play area, and hot tub whirlpool. It is open to registered hotel guests only.